Community Rail in Carlisle November 2019 - image shows our Tourism version of Hadrian's WallIt was on a freezing cold Saturday in November when the hardy volunteers of the Tyne Valley Community Rail Partnership led by its Officer, Fiona Forsythe, set off for Carlisle with their stand for Community Rail in Carlisle.

You can have some great days out during the winter months along the Tyne Valley Railway. Many of the local attractions remain open during the winter months.

There rail connections at Newcastle from stations in Teesside, Yorkshire as well as Scotland, the Midlands and South.  Travelling from Lancashire, Cumbria and other stations throughout the country, you will change trains at Carlisle for the Tyne Valley Railway.

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As part of our Open in Winter project, we are visiting some of the stations managed by TransPennine Express in Teesside and Yorkshire promoting travel to the Tyne Valley area.  In January we took our Hadrian's Wall to Middlesbrough Station and in February, we visited Thornaby Station as well as a return visit to Middlesbrough. Next on the itinerary is a trip to Northallerton so if you see us at the station, please do stop and say helloMiddlesbrough 230120.  . With some direct services from Middlesbrough and Thornaby along the Tyne Valley Railway to Carlisle, you can enjoy a delightful day out. From Northallerton, you will need to change trains at Nedwcastle Station.

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Our thanks goes to TransPennine Express for their financial support for this project and for their assistance during our presence at their stations, to The Sill, Northumberland National Park, for their contribution and to all the people, businesses and organisations who have helped us to show what the Tyne Valley Railway has to offer.

We have put together some suggestions of places to visit, events to visit or things to do and see.  Open our leaflet here or click the image to the left. 

Offers at local attractions and businesses

Take advantage of the offers; money off entrance fees,discounts and even a chance to win dinner, bed and breakfast. Check out the offers here

Click on the links below to read ideas for days out in the Tyne Valley Railway area

Wylam mapStephensons birthplace Wylam and ideas for days out
 Abbey Christmas Tree minHexham  Hexham and ideas for days out
 CorbridgeRomanTown2CorbridgeAngelInnAutumn1  Corbridge and ideas for days out
 Steel Rigg 003Pottery looking south to station  Bardon Mill and ideas for days out
 Haltwhistlestation    Haltwhistle and ideas for days out
 City Centre croppedilluminated Citadel  Carlisle and Ideas for Days Out

Walking and Exploring

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Walking in the Tyne Valley Railway area is popular and many walks are easily accessible from our stations.

Our new leaflet showcasing walking routes from Bardon Mill Station to The Sill National Discovery Centre and world-famous Roman Vindolanda can be downloaded here.  We are grateful to NNPA The Sill for support which has allowed us to extend the Open in Winter project to include Bardon Mill and area.

Halrwhistle is the starting point for numerous walking routes varying from a gentle stroll by the river to a longer walks to the heart of Hadrian's Wall.  Download the walk from the town to explore the National Park and World Heritage Hadrian's Wall here. 

Check out Events

A trip on the Tyne Valley Railway can take you to one of the many events being held at various venues.  We have put together some ideas here


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A really enjoyable festive event is the annual Late Night Christmas Shopping evening at Haltwhistle. The Tyne Valley Community Rail Partnership (TVCRP) staff and volunteers are now regular participants of the event. The Education Centre for TVCRP is housed in the Old Booking Office at the Railway Station and this is large enough to be put to good use for this community event.

Barry MartinThe Tyne Valley Community Rail Partnership (TVCRP) is exploring the possibility of staging Commemoration Event(s) to remember the 1939/1940 World war Two evacuations of women and children from the Tyneside industrial conurbation to the relative safety of rural Tynedale. TVCRP has teamed up with Wallsend Local History Society to identify interest particularly those who were involved both from Tyneside and the receiving towns of Haltwhistle, Brampton and the surrounding villages.

With Remembrance Sunday being only a week away, Fiona Forsythe TVCRP Officer has been busy distributing the knitted poppies to the Station Ambassadors in the Tyne Valley.

These poppies were knitted last year for the Armistice Centenary when every station on the Tyne Valley line had a display. After the event, the poppies were carefully taken down, dried and stored for future use.

The photograph shows Joseph Coding, Blaydon Station Ambassador erecting the display at Blaydon Station.

Poppies at Blaydon Station